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I want to start this column on a rare and much needed and welcome
positive note. In the past few weeks I’ve actually begun to enjoy watching
General Hospital again (did I actually say the words “enjoy” and “General
Hospital” in the same sentence???) I’ve
gone home after work every night actually looking forward to rewinding my tape,
turning off the world and tuning in to the happenings in Port Charles.
God help me but I believe I see Bob Guza’s hand in a lot of the current
dialogue and, while I’m not and have never been a big Guza fan, I am, at the
moment, incredibly grateful for his return.
(But if he screws with my Luke and Laura reunion, heads will roll...)
Before I get started on my usual nits, I need to
finish off what I started last time. In
my last column I asked for you all to tell me anything GOOD about General
Hospital. (Please note: for the record, my last column was before the Guza and, more
importantly, the Jason return announcements, which, in my mind, changes
EVERYTHING.) I got some great
comments but, to be honest, not as many thoughts on what you liked about GH as I
had hoped. (Now whether that’s
because no one else could come up with anything or it’s just that my column
sucked is open to debate...) However,
here’s what some of you think:
- Jamie writes:
We finally saw “a glimpse of the real Alexis ... when she finally
let Sonny have it and was not gonna stand there for ‘the privilege of him
yelling at her.’” Got to
agree with you there, Jamie. Only
problem I have is that, at that time, it was merely a glimpse so I’m not
so sure this is a “good thing” as opposed to a tease.
This kind of a scene only makes me miss the Old Alexis more.
HOWEVER, after the past few days I’m very hopeful that we’ll be
seeing more of the Old Alexis we all came to know and love before the
emergence of Pod Alexis.
- Keirsten and
KWC totally cracked me up with their angles on “good”.
Keirsten says: “At
least the make-up department consistently puts all of Sonny’s numerous war
wound scars in the right places.” Since
there are so many unsuccessful attempts on his life especially in the past 2
years, this is quite an accomplishment, I agree.
KWC adds: “The costume designer dresses people with bad taste on
a consistent manner.” Think
about how totally true this is. Just
another instance where if we didn’t know anything about these characters
we, as the stupid viewers, would HAVE to understand them based on their
attire. How would we ever know
that Bobbie is an aging retired hooker if we didn’t see her in clothes
that came out of Maxie’s wardrobe instead of in clothes age appropriate or
in, God forbid, a nurse’s uniform?
- Finally, and
this actually jives with what I believe is, next to Luke and Laura, the best
thing about GH: Jax with his
shirt off. Don’t want to
fight that mental picture...
I’m going to try to remember to ask this question
again in, let’s say, six months and see if the responses are any different or,
at the very least, if there are more of them.
(Frankly I highly doubt the shirtless Jax comment will be removed from
the list, but that’s just me with this image now firmly implanted in my brain
for the remainder of the day.)
Now, I want to get this out of the way.
I’m about to retract a comment that I felt pretty strongly about in my
last column. The statement was: “I want Liz and Lucky back together.”
Two things have happened since I spewed this to make me completely change
my mind. First and foremost:
everything “Lucky” in the past two weeks.
I have liked absolutely NOTHING about the character, his Anger Boy
attitude and, I’m sorry to say, Jacob Young and, if I could somehow manage it,
would permanently delete Lucky from my screen until Jonathan Jackson returns to
bring some normalcy back to the role. I’m
fairly proud of the fact that I’ve been pretty accepting of all recasts --
trying very hard to give people time to fit into the roles and, in some cases,
the huge shoes of the previous actors in those roles.
I try to look at the story, not the actor. I have given JY the benefit of the doubt from the beginning
regardless of how talented and wonderful I thought JJ was as Lucky.
But the past few weeks have sealed JY’s fate FOR ME.
When I saw his pitiful attempt at a tortured James Dean right before he
and Sarah somehow magically developed this mutual heat for each other behind
Jake’s, I knew I was done with him. But
beyond even the actor, I’m bored and disgusted with Anger Boy.
Yes, Nik paid a witness to lie about who ran the red light.
Blah, blah, blah. But would
it have changed Liz’s injuries if Courtney ran the light instead of Gia?
And having been on the receiving end of a Helena ambush, you would think
Lucky would be a tad more understanding of the rock/hard place situation Nik was
in when he was forced to help her escape. Hell,
even Luke understands. Give it a
freakin’ rest. And why is Sarah
excused from any blame in this situation? (Well,
now we KNOW why but let’s forget about that for a second.)
She KNEW that Gia didn’t have a blood alcohol test and kept her mouth
shut. Why doesn’t Lucky feel
betrayed by this? Because he may
get some? Please.
Anyway, the second reason I’m taking back my comment is pretty simple
and if I would have known this prior to my last column I would have never made
the original statement: (say it
with me, now) Jason is coming back. I
LOVED Liz and Jason together. (whether it’s just because I like them together
or if it’s the fact that I lust after Steve Burton is irrelevant).
Liz was so much more fun around Jason (hell, who wouldn’t be?) and the
chemistry between the two actors was great!!
On the flip side, in my opinion Rebecca Herbst and JY have no chemistry
period. (Actually the only one that
I think JY has chemistry with is NuNik, but let’s not go there, K?)
I liked the tender side of Jason that Liz brought out -- kind of like
Robin but not so pure and judgmental. And
if neither of the previous reasons work for you as to why I have officially
resigned from the Liz and Lucky camp, just let me say this:
I’m blond (and some of it is actually natural, or used to be) and
pregnant and can take back anything I want with no explanations necessary.
My husband and I refer to this as my pregnancy trump card.
Deal with it.
that now said, let me nitpick.
- I totally and
completely believe that Nik is sincere when he says how sorry he is about
the whole red light affair. But
what I don’t understand is if he’s so sorry, why doesn’t he just admit
to Liz and Lucky WHAT it was that he did?
And can Gia be any less apologetic about being the SOLE reason that
Nik in now alienated from everyone he loves?
- If Lucky and
Sarah didn’t want to hurt “Lizzie” then they shouldn’t have kissed
AT ALL. Bottom line.
anyone else noticed the new black and white intermission photos of Lucky on
the motorcycle? Refresh my
hormonal memory -- weren’t the Jason photos also with him on a bike?
Please. Lucky should be
on a scooter.
feel like I was robbed of a big part of the AJ/Courtney courtship.
Last we saw before they went on the rich kid lam, as it were,
Courtney had made it pretty clear to AJ that they were just buds (or did I
fast forward through something?) Next
thing we know there are pictures flying around the internet of Courtney
under satin sheets and they’re married.
I think the missing weeks could have really showcased Billy
Warlock’s abilities if we could have seen how AJ actually seduced
- Could Courtney
act more like a child at the Q mansion?
Even my 3-year old can say more than “Okay” or “Uh-huh” when
spoken to by a grown-up.
- Is one lost
battle in his war with Sonny a good enough reason for AJ to start drinking
again? I think not. At least the writers could have waited until Courtney
dumps him and he realizes he loves her before he hit the bottle again.
Seems to me that AJ fought pretty hard for his sobriety and to throw
it away on something like this was kind of insulting to the character.
- If Alexis can
tip toe around the truth to the PCPD with regard to whether or not Carly
locked Skye in the boat shed, why couldn’t she have danced the same type
of dance with Sonny when he asked her if she knew where Courtney and AJ
- And I don’t
get the connection between AJ and Duke in Sonny’s mind other than to a)
give Sonny a “moral” reason to go after AJ or 2) give Sonny more air
time. Can someone explain this
comparison for me?
- I’ve figured
out who has the Ice Princess (which seemed to mysteriously disappear after
“Endgame”). It HAS to be
Alexis. From what I read here
and there on the message boards (note dripping sarcasm to follow), she’s
so old and sexually unattractive that the ONLY way Sonny would go to bed
with her is if he were brainwashed a la Lucky.
CUT THE WOMAN SOME SLACK, PEOPLE.
- I would say a
lot of things but one thing I would never say is that, contrary to what
Kristina thinks, Alexis and Kristina are similar.
I can’t think of anything further from the truth.
- Again, let me
get this straight. The mob
boss’s door is not only NOT guarded (Johnny, where are you?) but is open?
to Monica: SONNY didn’t ruin
Jason’s life -- AJ did when he rammed the car into the tree.
Sonny is just a convenient excuse.
- I LOVED the
10,000th episode show. But
while I thoroughly enjoyed almost every minute of it, I left feeling
cheated. It all just emphasized
how great GH used to be AND how great it can still be but the actors that
were part of that awesome time who are still around are being completely
wasted. Now whether it’s an
“age” issue or what, I don’t want to debate, but I wish someone would
recognize again the talents of the likes of Denise Alexander, Leslie
Charleston, John J. York, god help me Kristina Wagner (the BJ’s heart
scenes reminded me of her potential given decent writing) and even Tony
Geary and Genie Francis. Everyone
has their list, I’m sure, but I would have liked to have seen some pics of
Tracy Q, Joe Kelly and Faison. And
how about the scenes of Tracy Q standing over Edward’s supposedly dead
body or Lucky’s first scene trapped in the silver room after the fire?
And as a final thought, some lines of amusement
over the past couple of weeks:
- Did the words
“willy nilly” actually come out of Mac’s mouth?
- Helena to
Alexis and Kristina: “Well,
the bastards are here! Come
- Lila to Janine:
“Keep your hands off my husband.”
- And my favorite
line of the week, by Janine to the Q’s:
“This is FABU!!”
Once again, thanks for reading and I’d love your
comments. Take care!